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If you have EVER thought about adopting a pet, just DO IT. My wife and I did several years ago, and it is one of the best decisions we ever made.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is a GREAT place to adopt a pet. You can follow AWLA on Instagram at this link, Facebook at this link, and on Twitter at this link.

Here’s a photo of our dear Bea waiting for the iPad so that she can play one of the cat games. I think it’s safe to say she’s an addict.

REMINDER: If you have a photo of your pet that you would like to share with our readers, consider emailing it to redbricktownblog@gmail.com.


Pet Photo of the Day - Bea waiting for the iPad

04/17/14 6:58pm

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I am sending these out to ALL candidates (Democratic and Republican) running for Jim Moran’s seat in Congress in the 8th Congressional District of Virginia. I will post responses if and when I receive them. What are your thoughts on the questions? What would you ask? Discuss below.

  1. Why are you the best person of all the candidates to represent the people of the 8th district of Virginia?
  2. Tell our readers a little about yourself. What other positions have you held?
  3. What issues are you going to stress or highlight as you campaign for this office?
  4. What specific issues would be a high priority for you if you were elected to Congress?
  5. As stated by many people running for office this year, “Education is the key to improving our economy.” That being said, what do you plan to propose and/or support in the areas of skill training, where most of the jobs in our state are and will be in the future?
  6. Do you believe that the oath that every Representative in Congress takes to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States means a Constitution as written or a Constitution as interpreted by the individual?
  7. A Congressional Budget Office report said that increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would raise wages for 16.5 million people and lift 900,000 people out of poverty. But it would come at the expense of 500,000 jobs and higher costs for business owners and consumers.
    Do you agree with that assessment? Should Congress go ahead and raise the minimum wage? Why is this good or bad policy?
  8. I want to know how you feel about raising taxes and how do you plan to keep government costs down so that taxes might not have to be raised?
  9. Social Security’s actuaries have stated that Social Security in its current form is unsustainable. What changes would you advocate to keep Social Security solvent?
  10. Many people worry that Washington is too partisan. Would you want to build bridges to the other party? And if so, how would you accomplish that goal?
04/17/14 4:44pm

2050 Jamieson venue in Alexandria, Virginia

This 2BR condominium is located at 2050 Jamieson Avenue in the Carlyle area of Alexandria, Virginia. I live in this area and I can it is very convenient and a great location.

Via the listing

Light filled unit with nice city views. One parking space included. Hardwood floors, granite, tile, SS appliances. Concierge desk open M-F 8AM to 8PM, Sat 8 AM – noon. Join the Weston gym for exercise and swim at $35.00 a month. King Street Metro 2-3 blocks away. Roof top terrace on the 13th floor. Gas stove for cooking. Urban living at it’s finest. Shows very well.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

If you have a home to sell or to rent in the Alexandria, Virginia area, consider putting it in front of the areas FASTEST growing audience. Click this link for details.

04/17/14 12:30pm
USPTO Green Fair at US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria Virginia

Image via Gil Swift

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting its annual Green Fair today in the South Madison Auditorium. The fair is normally held the third week of April to coincide with Earth Day.

The fair showcases ways employees and their families can encourage energy conservation in the workplace and at home. The fair focuses on the many green practices and standards that the USPTO has adopted at its Alexandria campus, which includes implementing efficient energy conservation measures; recycling paper, glass, and cans; teleworking; using public transportation; and reducing food waste through packaging.

As a highlight, the fair has two Tesla vehicles and a Chevy Volt on display (see above).

04/17/14 11:43am

Archaeology parading at the annual GW Birthday parade in Old town Alexandria, Virginia

Archaeology Award Honors Legacy of Late Alexandria Preservationist

The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) is now accepting nominations for the Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The AAC established this award to celebrate the contributions of the late Ben Brenman, who devoted himself to finding, preserving and sharing Alexandria’s rich and diverse heritage. Brenman was a founding member of the AAC, a City of Alexandria commission, which was the first of its kind established in the U.S., and served as its chair for 21 years.